An Ode To One Of America's Best Dive Bars

You've probably never heard of Bowling Green unless its college basketball team, the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky, has broken your bracket, one year or another. The city sits between Louisville and Nashville, and people drive there from all over southern Kentucky to eat, to shop, and, most of all, to drink. That's… » 12/06/13 3:05pm 12/06/13 3:05pm

Stealing Signs In Baseball: A Hall Of Famer's Guide

There are many fair ways to steal the signs of the enemy, so many that the smart ball-player is always kept on the alert by them. Baseball geniuses, some almost magicians, are constantly looking for new schemes to find out what the catcher is telling the pitcher, what the batter is tipping the base runner to, or what… » 6/26/13 10:58am 6/26/13 10:58am

The Boy On The Edge Of The Bathtub: Sam Lipsyte On Growing Up A…

Whenever somebody makes the connection between my father, Robert Lipsyte, the legendary sportswriter, and me (usually because Lipsyte is a rare name, unique to our family, a family that may or may not include a Lithuanian paratrooper I once found online who boasted in emails about our fierce mountain-dwelling… » 1/09/13 2:40pm 1/09/13 2:40pm

How Maurice Clarett Lost His Way, Bombed Out Of The NFL, Planned A…

In 2009, Joe Moglia, then the CEO of TD Ameritrade, quit his job to coach football. He wanted to coach a college team. But no athletic director wanted him. So he took a job, in 2011, as head coach of the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, a team that included former Buckeye Maurice Clarett. Moglia had an unorthodox style: He ran… » 12/13/12 10:00am 12/13/12 10:00am

Mike Keenan, The NHL's Last Great Asshole Coach

Playing for coach Mike Keenan in Chicago was like camping on the side of an active volcano. You had to accept the reality that he erupted regularly and that there was always a danger of being caught in his lava flow. He was a tyrant, a schoolyard bully, an oldschool coach who tried to motivate players through… » 11/08/12 11:00am 11/08/12 11:00am

"What Do You Want Me To Do—Tell You How Bad My Life Is, How Shitty It…

In 2005, Adam Greenberg was struck in the head with a fastball in his first major-league at-bat. He's spent the last seven years trying to get back to the majors. Last week, he signed a one-day contract with the Marlins and got his second career at-bat to a standing ovation in Miami last night. He struck out swinging… » 10/03/12 4:00pm 10/03/12 4:00pm

I Had The Best Cell On Death Row: A Member Of The West Memphis Three…

In 1994, Damien Echols and two of his friends, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, were wrongfully convicted in what prosecutors called a satanic ritual murder of three 8-year-old boys. Echols, the leader of the group, was sentenced to death; Baldwin and Misskelley received life sentences. The trio became known as the … » 10/03/12 1:00pm 10/03/12 1:00pm

The Circadian Advantage: How Sleep Patterns Benefit Certain NFL Teams

Imagine, for a second, that you are in a casino in Las Vegas. You have been in town for a few days, spent too much and slept too little, and recently found out the hard way that you are not as good at poker as you had thought. Now would be a good time to find a wager where the odds, like a tipsy bartender, are tilted… » 8/14/12 4:00pm 8/14/12 4:00pm

Olympics Memory: Beijing's Many Mascots Get An Un-Friendly Welcome

As the London Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, greet visitors with their expressionless, chilling, cyclopean stares, we remember the controversial unveiling of the previous Summer Olympics mascots. In this excerpt from Tom Scocca's Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future, we learn the… » 7/26/12 4:43pm 7/26/12 4:43pm

Will Clark Saved The Giants, And I Missed It

The Hall of Nearly Great hits web shelves today, and it's a bargain at $12. It has 42 terrific writers—heavyweights such as Rob Neyer and Joe Posnanski, and Deadspin folks, too: Owen Good and Will Leitch—with essays on the nearly great players they love. You can read about Brad Radke, Andy Messersmith, Moises Alou, and … » 7/18/12 3:45pm 7/18/12 3:45pm